Does social media alienate us from each other?

“Sherry Turkle thinks social media is one of many things in the modern technological landscape that can isolate us, make us less human, and potentially cause a lot of harm. It’s in her new book, “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.” Turkle doesn’t come by this observation lightly, either.

The book is some 15 years in the making and is the result of massive amounts of research into how people use technology in (and sometimes instead of) interpersonal relationships. “Alone Together” is actually considered the third in a trilogy of books Turkle has written on the connection between people and the machines they build. She’s the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.”

Source: John Moe, http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/does-technology-alienate-us-each-other

An interesting image which uses “reflection” as a device to communicate.   The book cover, shown below uses blur as a proxy for speed and lack of real connection.

Reference:

Turkle, S. (2011) Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, Basic Books: New York.

Alone Together

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